5 Things To Set Aside for Children Before They're Born


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Personal Things Only Your Child Will (Someday) Appreciate
Mark off the months on a belly-measuring tape and use it one day down to road to show your children.
Mark off the months on a belly-measuring tape and use it one day down to road to show your children.
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Odds are, one of the most magical moments in your life started on the commode with a positive pregnancy test. Did you keep the stick? You're not alone. Turns out lots of expectant mothers view pregnancy tests as mementos.

OK, so your child may not appreciate a pregnancy test as an heirloom, but who's to say a belly cast won't fit the bill? Applying strips of warm plastered fabric to one's belly is not the spa-like experience we'd hoped it would be, but the end result was fun. After drying, the plaster cast reveals a life-size version of your burgeoning belly.

This public display is not unlike the "Mommy Measure," a measuring tape to record the upward inching of your midsection. Although we're not sure we want to reveal the specifics of our waistline to future generations, the idea of celebrating baby's in utero growth is cool. Which is exactly why we kept all those sonogram photos.

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